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eileen d. has posted 69 annotations/comments since 28 August 2016.


Second Reading

About Saturday 8 December 1660

eileen d.  •  Link

"...who were in a great fear that we had committed a great error of 100,000l. in our late account gone into the Parliament..."

as a former accountant, I too was aghast at the thought of such an error! If Sam had been truly worried, I think he would have mentioned it (e.g. "at which I was greatly troubled"). That there is no such comment leads me to believe he had no serious doubts about the accuracy.

Which further leads me to wonder about the source of the allegation. Any guesses? Was W Penn a worry wart? political rivals? I would think such an error would cause a juicy scandal.

About Saturday 17 November 1660

eileen d.  •  Link

just a reminder, PLEASE no spoilers. this site provides a wonderful immediacy for us readers by allowing us to learn things as Pepys learns them.

there's plenty of info in the background links when one desires a chronological overview of individuals or events. that information does not belong here in the daily annotations.

sorry, bill, while I appreciate your contributions I find I now have to skip your posts, scrolling quickly past so as to avoid an unwanted revelation.

About Sunday 21 October 1660

eileen d.  •  Link

my boy

Annie B., Pauline notes:
"Claire Tomalin reports that when he joined the household he was 10-12 years old" (see background notes per link)

puts it in a different perspective!

About Monday 8 October 1660

eileen d.  •  Link

gilded leather wall hangings (via google>Wikipedia):

Cuir de Cordoue, or cordwain or cordovan (meaning: "from Córdoba"), sometimes called gold leather (from Dutch "goudleer"), refers to painted and gilded (and often embossed) leather hangings, manufactured in panels and assembled for covering walls as an alternative to tapestry.
Cuir de Cordoba is usually made of fine leather; often calf skins are used. The technique consists of shaping panels of wet leather over wooden moulds, then painting them, then oil-gilding and lacquering them. Sometimes smooth panels of painted Cuir de Cordoue were used.

Patterns for these panels followed fashions in silk damask, at some lag in time, since the high-relief wooden moulds were laborious to make. After the second half of the 18th century, this luxurious artisan product was no longer made,[1] its place taken in part by chintz hangings and printed wallpapers. In the eighteenth century Chinoiserie patterns were popular with Cuir de Cordoue.…

About Saturday 29 September 1660

eileen d.  •  Link

Dictionary of National Biography
The Dictionary of National Biography (DNB) is a standard work of reference on notable figures from British history, published from 1885. The updated Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (ODNB) was published on 23 September 2004 in 60 volumes and online.

About Sunday 23 September 1660

eileen d.  •  Link

this seems like quite the apt quote for our up-and-coming young wonder he liked it!
1 Corinthians 9:24
“Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.” King James Version (KJV)

About Wednesday 23 May 1660

eileen d.  •  Link

(phil, feel free to delete! but since you let the original off-topic question stand I thought I'd answer it. thanks.)

john simmons, re: your question about the justice quote, referenced above by The Bishop. Check Loeb's 1914 ed. "Plutarch, The Parallel Lives" chapter: Life of Solon (page 455, section 18.5)

'Being asked, namely, what city was best to live in, "That city," he [Solon] replied, "in which those who are not wronged, no less than those who are wronged, exert themselves to punish the wrongdoers."'

About Sunday 1 January 1659/60

eileen d.  •  Link

I just discovered this site, following the same path described by Autumnbreeze Movies (14 Oct 2014). Thank you, Phil! Thank you Project Gutenberg volunteers! Thank you, amazing long-time annotators! And thank you, internet for opening the wide world for me.